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al azif - the cipher manuscript known as 'necronomicon'

ye book of ye arab, abdul alhazred, 730 at damascus

of ye old ones and their spawn

the old ones were, the old ones are and the old ones shall be. from the dark stars
they came ere man was born, unseen and loathsome they descended to primal earth.

beneath the oceans they brooded while ages past, till seas gave up the land,
whereupon they swarmed forth in their multitudes and darkness ruled the earth.

at the frozen poles they raised mighty cities, and upon high places the temples of
those whome nature owns not and the gods have cursed.

and the spawn of the old ones covered the earth, and their children endureth
throughout the ages. ye shantaks of leng are the work of their hands, the ghasts
who dwelleth in zin's primordial vaults know them as their lords. they have
fathered the na-hag and the gaunts that ride the night; great cthulhuis their
brother, the shaggoths their slaves. the dholes do homage unto them in the nighted
vale of pnoth and gugs sing their praises beneath the peaks of ancient throk.

they have walked amidst the stars and they have walked the earth. the city of irem
in the great desert has known them; leng in the cold waste has seen their passing,
the timeless citadel upon the cloud-vieled heights of unknown kadath beareth their
mark.

wantonly the old ones trod the ways of darkness and their blasphemies were great
upon the earth; all creation bowed beneath their might and knew them for their
wickedness.

and the elder lords opened their eyes and beheld the abominations of those that
ravaged the earth. in their wrath they set their hand against the old ones,
staying them in the midst of their iniquity and casting them forth from the earth
to the void beyond the planes where chaos reigns and form abideth not. and the
elder lords set their seal upon the gateway and the power of the old ones
prevailest not against its might.

loathsome cthulhu rose then from the deeps and raged with exceeding great fury
against the earth guardians. and they bound his venomous claws with potent spells
and sealed him up within the city of r'lyeh wherein beneath the waves he shall
sleep death's dream until the end of the aeon.

beyond the gate dwell now the old ones; not in the spaces known unto men but in
the angles betwixt them. outside earth's plane they linger and ever awaite the
time of their return; for the earth has known them and shall know them in time yet
to come.

and the old ones hold foul and formless azathoth for their master abd abide with
him in the black cavern at the centre of all infinity, where he gnaws ravenously
in ultimate chaos amid the mad beating of hidden drums, the tuneless piping of
hideous flutes and the ceaseless bellowing of blind idiot gods that shamble and
gesture aimlessly for ever.

the soul of azathoth dwelleth in yog-sothoth and he shall beckon unto the old ones
when the stars mark the time of their coming; for yog-sothoth is the gate through
which those of the void will re-enter. yog-sothoth knowest the mazes of of time,
for all time is one unto him. he knowest where the old ones came forth in time
along long past and where they shall come forth again when the cycle returneth.

after day cometh night; man's day shall pass, and they shall rule where they once
ruled. as foulness you shall know them and their accursedness shall stain the
earth.

of ye times and ye seasons to be observed

whenever thou would'st call forth those from outside, thou must mark well the
seasons and times in which the spheres do intersect and the influences flow from
the void

thou must observe the cycle of the moon, the movements of the planets, the sun's
course through the zodiac and the rising of the constellations.

ye ultimate rites shall be performed only in the seasons proper to them, these be:
at candlemas (on the second day of the second month), at beltane (on the eve of
may), at lammas (on the first day of the eighth month), at roodmas (on the
fourteenth day of the ninth month), and at hallowmas (on november eve).

call out to dread azathoth when the sun is in the sign of the ram, the lion, or
the archer; the moon decreasing and mars and saturn conjoin.

mighty yog-sothoth shall rise to ye incantations when sol has entered the fiery
house of leo and the hour of lammas be upon ye.

evoke ye terrible hastur on candlemas night, when sol is in aquarius and mercury
in trine.

supplicate great cthulhu only at hallowmas eve when the sun abides within the
house of the scorpion and orion riseth. when all hallows falls within the cycle of
the new moon the power shall be the strongest.

conjure shub-niggurath when the beltane fires glow upon the hills and the sun is
in the second house, repeating the rites of roodmas when ye black one appeareth.

to raise up ye stones

to form ye gate through which they from ye outer void might manifest thou must set
up ye stones in ye elevenfold configuration.

first thou shalt raise up ye four cardinal stones and these shall mark ye
direction of ye four winds as they howleth through their seasons.

to ye north set ye the stone of great coldness that shall form ye gate of ye
winter-wind engraving thereupon the sigil of the earth-bull thus: {taurus sigil}.

in ye south (at a space of five paces from ye stone of ye north), thou shalt raise
a stone of fierce-heat, through which ye summer winds bloweth and make upon ye
stone ye mark of ye lion-serpent thus: {leo sigil}.

ye stone of whirling-air shall be set in ye east where ye first equinox riseth and
shall be graven with ye sign of he that beareth ye waters, thus: {aquarius sigil}.

ye gate of rushing torrents thou cause to beat the west most inner point (at a
space of five paces from ye stone of ye east) where ye sun dieth in ye evening and
ye cycle of night returns. blazon ye stone with ye character of ye scorpion whose
tail reacheth unto the stars: {scorpio sigil}.

set thou the seven stones of those that wander ye heavens, without ye inner four
and through their diverse influences shall ye focus of power be established.

in ye north beyond the stone of great coldness set ye first ye stone of saturn at
a space of three paces. this being done proceed thou widdershins placing at like
distances apart ye stones of jupiter, mercury, mars, venus, sul and luna marking
each with their rightful sign.

at ye center of the so completed configuration set ye the alter of ye great old


ones and seal it with ye symbol of yog-sothoth and ye mighty names of azathoth,
cthulhu, hastur, shub-niggurath and nyarlathotep.

and ye stones shall be ye gates through which thou shalt call them forth from
outside man's time and space.

entreat ye of ye stones by night and when the moon decreasetth in her light,
turning thy face to ye direction of their coming, speaking ye words and making ye
gestures that bringeth forth ye old ones and causeth them to walk once more ye
earth.

of diverse signs

these most potent signs shall be so formed with thy left hand when thou employeth
them in ye rites

ye first sign is that of voor and in nature it be ye true symbol of ye old ones.
make ye thus whenever thou wouldst supplicate those that ever waite beyond the
threshold.

ye second sign is that of kish and it breaketh down all barriers and openeth ye
portals of ye ultimate planes.

in ye third place goeth ye great sign of koth which sealeth ye gates and guardeth
ye pathways.

ye forth sign is that of ye elder gods. it protecteth those who would evoke ye
powers by night, and banish ye forces of menace and antagonism.

(note: ye elder sign hath yet another form and when so enscribed upon ye grey
stone of mnar it serveth to hold back ye power of ye great old ones for all time.)

to compound ye incense of zkauba

in the day and hour of mercury with the moon in her increase, thou shalt take
equal parts of myrrh, civet, storax, wormwood, assafoetida, galbanum and musk, mix
well together and reduce all to the finest powder.

place the so assembled elements in a vessel of green glass and seal with a brazen
stopper afore inscribed with the characters of mars and saturn.

elevate the vessel to the four winds and cry aloud the supreme words of power
thus:
to the north:

zijmuorsobet, noijm, zavaxo!

to the east:

quehaij, abawo, noquetonaiji!

to the south:

oasaij, wuram, thefotoson!

to the west:

zijoronaifwetho, mugelthor, mugelthor-yzxe!

cover the vessel with a cloth of black velvet and set aside.

for each of seven nights thou shalt bathe the vessel in moonlight for the space of
one hour - keeping it concealed beneath the cloth from cock-crow till sunset.

all this being accomplished the incense shall be ready for use and possessed of
such vertue that he that useth it with knowledge shall have power to call forth
and command the infernal legions.

nota: when employed in ye ultimate rites the incense may be rendered more
efficacious by the addition of one part powdered mummy-egypticus.

employ the perfume of zkauba in all ceremonies of ye ancient lore casting ye


essences upon live coals of yew or oak. and when ye spirits drawn near, the
vaporous smoke shall enchant and fascinate them, binding their powers to thy will.

{editor's note: in the published edition a series of planetary glyphs and sigils
are shown in reference to the above formula. these have been omitted as they are
not illustrated in the original manuscript but were provided from other unrelated
texts by the publishers.}

to make ye powder of ibn ghazi


the mystic powder of materialisation:

take ye dust of ye tomb - wherein ye body has lain for two hundred years or more
past -, three parts. take of powdered amaranth, two parts; of ground ivy leaf, one
part, and of fine salt, one part.

compound all together in an open mortar in the day and hour of saturn.

make over the thus assembled ingredients the voorish sign, and then seal up the
powder within a leaden casket whereupon is graven the sigil of koth.
ye using of ye powder:

whenever thou wisheth to observe the airial manifestations of the spirits blow a
pinch of ye powder in the irection of their coming, either from the palm of thy
hand or the blade of the magic bolyne.

mark ye well that ye maketh ye elder sign at their appearence, lest the tendrils
of darkness enter thy soul.
ye unction of khephnes ye egyptian

whosoever anointeth his head with the ointment of khephnes shall in sleep be
grabted true visions of time yet to come

when ye moon increaseth in her light place in an earthen crucible a goodly


quantity of oil of ye lotus, sprinkle with one once powdered mandragora and stir
well with ye forked twig of ye wild thorn bush. having so done utter ye
incantation of yebsu (taken fron diverse lines in ye papyrus) thus:

i am the lord of spirits,


oridimbai, sonadir, episghes,
i am ubaste, ptho born of binui sphe, phas;
in the name of auebothiabathabaithobeuee
give power to my spell o nasira oapkis shfe,
give power chons-in-thebes-nefer-hotep, ophois,
give power! o bakaxikhekh!

add to ye potion pinch of red earth, nine drops natron, for drops balsam of
olibanum and one drop blood (from thy right hand). combine the whole with a like
measure of fat of the gosling and place ye vessel upon ye fire. when all is
rendered well and ye dark vapours begin to rise, make ye the elder sign and remove
from ye flames.

when the unguent has cooled place it within an urn of ye finest alabaster, which
thou shalt keep in some secret place (known only to thyself) until thou shalt have
need of it.

to fashion the scimitar of barzai

in the day and hour of mars and when the moon increaseth, make thou the scimitar
of bronze with a hilt of fine ebony.

upon one side of the the blade thou shalt enscribe these characters:

{editor's note: these graphics are not shown in the manuscript.}

and upon the other side these:

{editor's note: these graphics are not shown in the manuscript.}

on the day and hour of saturn the moon decreasing, light thou a fire of laurel and
yew boughs and offering the blade to the flames pronounce the five-fold
conjuration thus:

hcoriaxoju, zodcarnes, i powerfully call upon ye and stir ye up o ye mighty


spirits that dwelleth in the great abyss.
in the dread and potent name of azathoth come ye forth and give power unto
this blade fashioned in accordance to ancient lore.
by xenthono-rohmatru, i command you o aziabelis, by ysehyroroseth, i call the
o antiquelis, and in the vast and terrible name of damamiach that crom-yha uttered
and the mountains shook i mightily compel ye forth o barbuelis, attend me! aid me!
give power unto my spell that this weapon that bearest the runes of fire recieveth
such vertue that it shall strike fear into the hearts of all spirits that would
disobey my commands, and that it shall assist me to form all manner of circles,
figures and mystic sigils necessary in the operations of magickal art.
in the name of great and mighty yog-sothoth and in the invincible sign of voor
(give sign)
give power!
give power!
give power!

when the flames turn blue it shall be a sure sign that the spirits obey your
demands whereupon thou shalt quench the blade in an afore prepared mixture of
brine and cock-gall.

burn the incense of zkauba as an offering to the spirits thou hast called forth,
then dismiss them to their abodes with these words:

in the names of azathoth and yog-sothoth, their servant nyarlathotep and by


the power of this sign
(make ye the elder sign),
i discharge thee; go forth from this place in peace and return ye not until i
calleth thee.
(seal ye portals with the sign of koth).

wrap the scimitar in a cloth of black silk and setit aside until thou wouldst make
use of it; but mark ye well that no other shall lay his hand upon the scimitar
lest its vertue be forever lost.

{editor's note: the following graphic alphabet is deciphered from the manuscript,
according to the publishers, by use of a "magic square cipher" inherent in the
manuscript itself and is therefor included in this etext version.}

ye alphabet of nug-soth

(note: in ye writing of ye mystic runes of nug-soth ye latin c serveth for ye k.)

ye characters of nug hold ye key to ye planes, employ ye them in ye talismanic art


and in all ye sacred inscriptions

ye voice of hastur

hear ye the voice of dread hastur, hear the mournful sigh of the vortex,the mad
rushing of the ultimate wind that swirls darkly amongst the silent stars.

hear ye him that howls serpent-fanged amid the bowels of nether earth; he whose
ceaseless roaring ever fills the timeless skies of hidden leng.

his might teareth the forest and crusheth the city, but none shall know the hand
that smiteth and the soul that destroys, for faceless and foul walketh the
accursed one, his form to men unknown.

hear then his voice in the dark hours, answer his call with thine own; bow ye and
pray at his passing, but speak not his name aloud.

concerning nyarlathotep

i hear the crawling chaos that calls beyond the stars.


and they created nyarlathotep for their messenger, and they clothed him with chaos
that his form might be ever hidden amidst the stars.

who shall know the mystery of nyarlathotep? for he is the mask and will of those
that were when time was not. he is the priest of the ether, the dweller in air and
hath many faces that none shall recall.

the waves freeze before him; gods dread his call. in men's dreams he whispers, yet
who knoweth his form?

of leng in ye cold waste

who seeketh northwards beyond the twilight land of inquanok shall find amidst the
frozen waste the dark and mighty plateau of thrice-forbidden leng.

know ye time-shunned leng by the ever-burning evil-fires and ye foul screeching of


the scaly shantak birds which ride the upper air; by the howling of ye na-hag who
brood in nighted caverns and haunt men's dreams with strange madness, and by the
grey stone temple beneath the night gaunts lair, wherein is he who wears the
yellow mask and dwelleth all alone.

but beware o man, beware, of those who tread in darkness the ramparts of kadath,
for he that beholds their mitred-heads shall know the claws of doom.

of kadath ye unknown

what man knoweth kadath?


for who shall know of that
which ever abides in strange-time,
twix yesterday, today and the morrow.

unknown amidst ye cold waste lieth the mountain of kadath where upon the hidden
summit an onyx castle stands. dark clouds shroud the mighty peak that gleams
'neath ancient stars where silent brood the titan towers and rear forbidden walls.

curse-runes guard the nighted gate carved by forgotten hands, and woe to he that
dare pass within those dreadful doors.

earth's gods revel where others once walked in mystic timeless halls, which some
have glimpst in sleeps dim vault through strange and sightless eyes.

to call forth yog-sothoth

for yog-sothoth is the gate.


he knoweth where the old ones
came forth in times past and where
they came forth again when
the cycle returneth.

when thou would call forth yog-sothoth thou must waite until the sun is in the
fifth house with saturn in trine. then enter within the stones and draw about thee
the circle of evocation tracing the figurines with the mystic scimitar of barzai.

circumambulate thrice widdershins and turning thy face to the south intone the
conjuration that openeth the gate:
ye conjuration

o thou that dwelleth in the darkness of the outer void, come forth unto the
earth once more i entreat thee.
o thou who abideth beyond the spheres of time, hear my supplication.
(make the sign of caput draconis)
o thou who art the gate and the way come forth come forth thy servant calleth
thee.
(make the sign of kish)
benatir! cararkau! dedos! yog-sothoth! come forth! come forth! i speak the
words, i break thy bonds, the seal is cast aside, pass through the gate and enter
the world i maketh thy mighty sign!
(make the sign of the voor)
trace the pentagram of fire and say the incantation that causeth the great one
to manifest before the gate:

ye incantation

zyweso, wecato, keoso, xunewe-rurom xeverator. menhatoy, zywethorosto zuy,


zururogos yog-sothoth! orary ysgewot, homor athanatos nywe zumquros,
ysechyroroseth xoneozebethoos azathoth! xono, zuwezet, quyhet kesos ysgeboth
nyarlathotep!; zuy rumoy quano duzy xeuerator, ysheto, thyym, quaowe xeuerator
phoe nagoo, hastur! hagathowos yachyros gaba sub-niggurath! meweth, xosoy vzewoth!
(make the sign of cauda draconis)
talubsi! adula! ulu! baachur!
come forth yog-sothoth! come forth!

* * *

and then he will come unto thee and bring his globes and he will give true answer
to all you desire to know. and he shall reveal unto you the secret of his seal by
which you may gain favour in the sight of the old ones when they once more walk
the earth.

* * *

and when his hour be past the curse of the elder lords shall be upon him and draw
him forth beyond the gate where he shall abide until he be summoned.

{editor's note: included on this page are a number of sigils and a magic circle.
these illustrations are not in the manuscript but were referenced from other
texts, including, but not limited to; key of solomon (see additional ms. 36,674,
british museum library) and three books of occult philosophy - cornelius agrippa.
they are therefore not included in this version.}

to conjure of ye globes

know ye that the globes of yog-sothoth be thirteen in number, and they be the
powers of the parasite-hoard which are his servitors and doeth his bidding in ye
world.

call them forth whenever thou shall have need of anything and they shall grant
their powers unto ye when ye shall call them with the incantations and make their
sign.

his globes have diverse names and appeareth in many forms.


the first is gomory, who appeareth like a camel with a crown of gold upon his
head. he commandeth twenty-six legions of infernal spirits and giveth the
knowledge of all magical jewels and talismans.

the second splrit is zagan, who appeareth like a great bull, or a king terrible in
aspect. thirty-three legions bow before him and he teacheth the mysteries of the
sea.

the third is called sytry, who taketh the form of a great prince. he hath sixty
legions and telleth the secrets of time yet to come.

eligor is the fourth spirit; he appeareth like a red man with a crown of iron upon
his head. he commandeth likewise sixty legions and giveth the knowledge of victory
in war, and telleth of strife to come.

the fifth spirit is called durson and hath with him twenty-two familiar demons and
appeareth like a raven. he can reveal all occult secrets and tell of past times.

the sixth is vual his form is of a dark cloud and he teacheth all manner of
ancient tongues.

the seventh is scor, who appeareth like a white snake, he bringeth money at your
command.

algor is the eighth spirit, he appeareth in the likeness of a fly. he can tell of
all secret things and granteth the favours of great princes and kings.

the ninth is sefon. he appeareth like a man with a green face and hath the power
to show where treasure is hidden.

tenth is partas, he hath the form of a great vulture, and can tell ye the vertues
of herbs, stones, make ye invisible and restore sight which is lost.

the eleventh spirit is gamor, and when he appeareth like a man can marvellously
enform ye of how to win favours of great persons and can drive away any spirit
that guardeth over treasure.

twelfth is umbra, he appeareth like a giant; he can convey money from place to
place if thou bid him and bestow the love of any woman that thou desirest.

the thirteenth spirit is anaboth who taketh the form of a yellow toad. he hath the
power to make thee marvellous cunning in nigromancy, he can drive away any devil
that would hinder ye and tell of strange and hidden things.

* * *

when thou wouldst call up ye globes thou must first make upon the earth this sign:

and evoke of them thus:

ezphares, olyaram, irion-esytion, eryona, orea, orasym, mozim!


by these words and in the name of yog-sothoth who is thy master, i do most
powerfuliy summon and call ye up o . . . . n . . . . that thou mayest aid me in my
hour of need.
come forth i command ye by the sign of power!
(make the sign of voor)

* * *
and then the spirit shall appear unto thee and grant thy requests.

but if he remaineth invisible to thine eye, blow the dust of ibn ghazi and he will
immediately take his proper form.

when thou wouldst banish what ye have called up eraze thou their sign with the
scimitar of barzai and utter the words:

caldulech! dalmaley! cadat!


(and seal with the sign of koth).

nota: if on their appearance the spirits obstinately refuse to speak cleave the
air thrice with the scimitar and say: adricanorom dumaso! and their tongue shall
be loosened and they will be compelled to give true answer.

ye adjuration of great cthulhu

ph'nglui mglw'nafh cthulhu r'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtan.

a supplication to great cthulhu for those who would have power over his minions.

in the day and hour of the moon with sun in scorpio prepare thou a waxen tablet
and enscribe thereon the seals of cthulhu and dagon; suffumigate with the incense
of zkauba and set aside.

on hallowmas eve thou must travel to some lonely place where high ground overlooks
the ocean. take up the tablet in thy right hand and make of the sign of kish with
thy left. recite the incantation thrice and when the final word of the third
utterance dieth in the air cast thou the tablet into the waves saying:

'in his house at r'lyeh dead cthulhu waits dreaming, yet he shall rise and his
kingdom shall cover the earth.'

and he shall come unto you in sleep and show his sign with which ye shall unlock
the secrets of the deep.
ye incantation

o thou that lieth dead but ever dreameth,


hear, thy servant calleth thee.
hear me o mighty cthulhu!
hear me lord of dreams !
in thy tower at r'lyeh they have sealed ye,
but dagon shall break thy accursed bonds,
and thy kingdom shall rise once more.
the deep ones knoweth thy secret name,
the hydra knoweth thy lair;
give forth thy sign that i may know
thy will upon the earth.
when death dies, thy time shall be,
and thou shalt sleep no more;
grant me the power to still the waves,
that i may hear thy call.

(at ye third repeating of ye incantation cast forth the tablet into ye waves
saying):
in his house at r'lyeh dead cthulhu waits dreaming, yet he shall rise and his
kingdom shall cover the earth.

to summon shub-niggurath ye black

where the stones have been set up thou shalt call out to shub-niggurath, and unto
he that knoweth the signs and uttereth the words all earthly pleasures shall be
granted.

* * *

when the sun entereth the sign of the ram and the time of night is upon ye turn
thy face to the north wind and read the verse aloud:

iah ! shub-niggurath!
great black goat of the.woods,
i call thee forth !
(kneel)
answer the cry of thy servant
who knoweth the words of power!
(make the voorish sign)
rise up i say from thy slumbers
and come forth with a thousand more!
(make the sign of kish)
i make the signs, i speak the words
that openeth the door!
come forth i say, i turn the key,
now ! walk the earth once more !

cast the perfumes upon the coals, trace the sigil of blaesu and pronounce the
words of power:

zariatnatmix, janna, etitnamus,


hayras, fabelleron, fubentronty,
brazo, tabrasol, nisa,
varf-shub-niggurath! gabots membrot!

and then the black one shall come forth unto thee and the thousand horned ones who
howl shall rise up from the earth. and thou shalt hold before them the talisman of
yhe upon which they shall bow to thy power and answer thy demands.

when thou would banish those that you have called forth intone the words:

imas, weghaymnko, quahers, xewefaram,

which closeth the gate, and seal with the sign of koth.
ye formula of dho-hna

whosoever performeth this rite with true understanding shall pass beyond ye gates
of creation and enter ye ultimate abyss wherein dwelleth ye vapourous lord s'ngac
who eternally pondereth ye mystery of chaos.

trace ye angle-web with ye scimitar of barzai and offer the mystic suffumigations
with the incense of zkauba.

enter ye web by the gate of the north and reciting the incantation of na (thus):
zazas, nasatanada, zazas zazas,

proceed to ye south-most pinnacle by the path of alpha whereupon make ye, ye sign
of kish, pronouncing the triple-word of power thrice, (thus so):

ohodos-scies-zamoni!

proceed thence to ye angle of the north-east chanting the third verse of ye fifth
psalm of nyarla-thotep neglecting not to make the quintuple genuflection on
passing through ye curve locus-(thus):

the all-one dwelleth in darkness, at the centre of all dwelleth he that is the
darkness; and tfiat darkness shall be eternal when all shall bow before the onyx
throne.

pause at the third angle and make ye once more the sign of kish speaking the words
that clear the portal and stay the course of time:

abyssus-draconisus, zexowe-azathoth! nrrgo, iaa! nyar-lathotep!

follow the third path to the pinnacle of the west and there perform the obeisances
in silence (bow low thrice and give the gesture of voor). turn and tread the path
of transfiguration leading to ye ultimate angle. open up the abyss gate by the
ninefold affirmation (thus):

zenoxese, pioth, oxas zaegos, mavoc nigorsus, bayar! heecho! yog-sothoth! yog-
sothoth! yog-sothoth!

make ye the sigil of transformation and step thou forth into ye gulf.

the r'lyeh text (hidden leaves from the necronomicon)

their hidden place

i have seen much unmeant for mortal eyes in my wanderings beneath that dark and
forgotten city. it is not the splendours of irem that haunt my dreams with this
madness, but another place, a place shrouded in utter silence; long unknown to man
and shunned even by ghoul and nightgaunt. a stillness likened to millions of
vanished years pressed with great heaviness upon my soul as i trod those
labyrinths in terror, ever fearing that my footfalls might awaken the dread
architects of this nameless region where the hand of time is bound and the wind
does not whisper.

great was my fear of this place, but greater was the strange sleep-like
fascination that gripped my mind and guided my feet ever downwards through realms
unknown. my lamp cast it's radiance upon basalt walls, revealing mighty pillars
hewn surely by no human hand, where curiously stained obelisks engraved with
frightful images and cryptic characters reared above me into the darkness. a
passage sloped before me, i descended. for what seemed to be an eternity i
descended rapt in contemplation of the grim icons that stretched endlessly on
either hand, depicting the strange deeds of those great ones born not of mortal
womb. they had dwelt here and passed on, yet the walls of the edifice bore their
mark: vast likenesses of those terrible beings of yore carved beneath a firmament
of unguessed asterisms.

endlessly the way led downwards, ever downwards. the passage of time had fled from
my mind, hypnos and eternity held my soul.
how long, how far had i journeyed? i knew not. then like one awaking from the
dreams of narcaeus my eyes beheld a door which barred my path. their sign was upon
it, the sign which i have seen within the tomb-caverns of leng, amidst the pillars
of irem , and borne before the idols of cryptic isnavor. i trembled as i beheld
the dark inscriptions which covered the jaded stone writhe like a thousand hideous
serpents, sometimes their reptilian forms darting toward each other as if in
conflict, sometimes joining to form creatures of nauseous bulk once more to divide
into a twisting host of black serpentine characters.

before my eyes the door was rolled up as if it were a scroll and i gazed upon the
void beyond, where amongst strange stars great darkling forms moved. like the
moaning of a great wind terrible voices assailed my ears with a cry of a thousand
souls in torment. the forbidden names of yog-sothoth, cthulhu, nyarlathhotep and a
hundred more seared my brain like venomous vitriol. their minds entered my being
and i learned of blasphemous things undreamt by mortal man and of a realm beyond
our time and creation where the blind demon sultan azathoth dwells within the pit
of chaos throughout the countless aeons of infinity.

then with thunderous roar the stars whirled before me in a great coiling vortex
and i was drawn into that nameless abyss like a leaf before the tempest . my
screams of terror yielded to merciful oblivion and darkness engulfed me.

i awoke amidst the silent sands of the red desert to behold the great orb of the
sun proclaiming the dawn. i arose, and turning to the north set my feet towards
damascus where i, their scribe, must write my book. for beyond the pillars of
hercules, dreaming crystals call.

of he who sleeps

know ye that he has slept death's dream for ages unnumbered; he who has slumbered
long before the birth of man; he who is dead yet waits dreaming: shall rise, and
his time draws near. the worm shall not corrupt the corrupted; time is naught to
his continuation; the aeons shall not lay waste that which is not of earth's
flesh.

in r'lyeh he dwells, bound in timeless sleep by those who would hold back the
darkness of outer hells and stem the fate of man. yet the darkness shall prevail,
the destiny of man is sealed and graven.

the stars shall mark the time of his coming, and when the spheres intersect: he
shall rise. great cthulhu shall return, and armed with vengeful talons he shall
smite the elder lords and rend the soul of man. the earth shall know the night
without cease.

his minions dwell amongst you, beware o man, they come in servile stealth; like
thieves in the night. they heed not man and his frail gods, blind in the will of
their master.

great cthulhu sleeps in his house and shapes the dream of what shall me, dead
cthulhu waits dreaming.

my brother ibn ghazi saw with the lidless eyes the end of man's time, yet their
curse denied him the revelation. ever condemned he suffers the endless torments of
the vaults of zin. his mouth is sealed up, his tongue severed - nought shall he
speak or bewail his tortures - he is headless, the slave of the shoggoth until the
great old ones fall.
yog-sothoth knoweth the gate through which the old ones shall return. when the
stars have faded and the moon shines no more, when only dark suns rise and set:
great cthulhu shall awaken and call from the deep with the voice of a thousand
thunders, and the gate shall be cast open: they shall return.

lament thy fate o man, for the earth shall be void and cast for eternity into the
abyss of perdition.
in his tomb at r'lyeh great cthulhu dreams.

the seal they have set against him shall not prevail forever. the folly of mankind
shall shatter the seal: he shall rise.

man in his unseeing ignorance shall assault the skein which binds his immortality
(and know not who guides his hand); he shall rupture the air and oceans with fire,
and cover the firmament with the venomous shroud of ancient cthulhu's shadow.

i, alhazred, have heard his cry, my eyes have beheld the forbidden signs, i fear
the voice of the night wind - i fear for man.

ph'hglui mglw'nafh cthulhu r'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtan.

the nurturing of the cadaver

what hand harvests the soul at death?


what dwells within the tomb after the spirit has departed?
what locks the gate beneath the serpent's eye?
stanza i.

he who would possess the hidden power must pay homage to those of the void and
provide the sustenance of their being. in ages past they created bodies of flesh
and walked the earth and bred diverse life-forms for their nourishment: creatures
of their design, (some yet continue upon earth) shaped and coloured to serve their
needs.

in the void they dwell without form; their mantle of flesh long destroyed, yet
their desire for the essence of matter remains and long unremembered lusts burn
with ravenous ferocity.

when life has fled the corpus the fly of yoth must be encapsulated thus; make the
incision with the scimitar of barzai and over the head of the cadaver pronounce
the incantation:

zecka-rebus pratchii, ro'kas


welbrebosdos satigoc inrut, yoth
imbrut, zecka-rebus yoth! ro'kas yoth!

make the voorish sign and burn the incense of zkauba.

take up a brand of fire and facing to the west pronounce the words:

bbelum osas grimsal, bogad ritzas, pegvier, lazoz imbrut, zecka-rebus, yoth!

strike the brazen gong and as the sound dies from your ears the insect will attend
you and enter the wound. the fly will dwell therein for one hundred and ninety
days and from its decay shall rise the nine worms of iscuxcar which shall gnaw as
instructed until naught remains but the essence.
if the na-hags come forth banish them with the elder sign (which they fear
greatly) and bar their return with the amulet of iron.

thus prepared, the essence may be offered to those beyond for their appeasement
whenever you shall open the gate as before taught. (make the triple genuflection
and seal with the sigil of koth at their coming).

the glittering powder of desiccation may be formulated from the remains if


pulverised in the day and hour of saturn and combined with the ochre of the earth,
salt and sulphur.

mummia can be produced by sprinkling the powder upon any corporeal being.

the vessel of balon

fashion a vessel in the form of a brazen head. upon the brow engrave the sigil:

beneath the right eye:

beneath the left eye:

beneath the mouth:

(to the right) and

(to the left).

set the vessel upon a stone engraved with the emblems of great balon. last, let
the eyes of his vessel be set with obsidian. seal within the cranium a quantity of
the powder of ibn garzi, the metals of the ancient planets and the essence of
life.

when the moon is old take the vessel veiled in black to some high place where no
man is abroad and turn the countenance to the north. unveil the head and burn the
incense of zakubar before it. then you shall call forth five servitors of balon in
his name:

vedal, nocusa, ibros, denak, enpros i call you forth in the name of your
master: great balon! behold your signs and look upon this image with favour for
this vessel awaits you in silence. i evoke you in these words: kadeses yolmo
reegus emig orressus dizzag, orressus, orressus dizzag, and by the power of his
emblems that i have set before you. i bid you enter this vessel and feast upon the
essences you so desire.

the spirits shall appear as a red vapour before the image, and the essences within
the cranium shall beckon their lust, and they shall enter through the mouth of the
vessel. when they are within make the sign of koth and seal up the mouth with red
clay (which you have before prepared) saying:

volec demas, oris, through this earth you shall not pass. the words have been
spoken, the sign has been given, for as long as i so will it you shall dwell
within this vessel i have fashioned with my art and thou shall give true answers
to my demands when i shall have need of you; for balon your master has cast you
forth from the hosts that serve him to be obedient to my will in return for my
worship and due sacrifice.
veil the image with black cloth.

when thou wish to know of anything which is hidden from you in the world of man or
realm of elemental spirit - unveil the head, turn the face to the north, ask what
you desire to know and address the image in these words:

i have fashioned you with my art,


i have given you life,
now answer in truth.

(make the voorish sign and burn incense).

the seals of the vessel must never be broken for the spirits will seek to destroy
you upon their release.

to fashion the ring of hypnos

the realm of sleep touches earth's world in many places, but it is beyond the
mighty towers of the west that the dreams of man mingle with the threads of
eternity. only there where thought has form and purple hypnos rules can a waking
man tread the valley of the land of sleep and behold the web of minds therein.

to enter the dreams of another you must know the names and sigils of the four
guardians of this realm and possess the ring of passage.

the four guardian spirits of the western portal (through which you must pass) each
have names of five letters and diverse characters in which the secrets of their
power are locked, thus:

nemus:

dacos:

cabid:

leebo:

fashion a ring from virgin silver in the day and hour of jupiter and engrave upon
it these characters:

in the day and hour of mercury furnish the ring with a bezel of bronze bearing
this character:

for one cycle of the moon expose the ring to the elements in which time the silver
will blacken and the bronze turn green.

in the dark of the moon write the names and sigils of the four guardians upon the
parchment and suffumigate with storax while calling upon the said guardians in
these words:-

nemus, dacos, cabid, leebo!


i call you forth by your ancient names
attend me in my work and behold these your symbols!
yailisbo ibuzod!

place the ring upon the parchment and recite the incantation in a low voice:
yobus resusyarta nebee, rissanus nebee zhiya, ven rebuseric ni ardas arbaos
vanzee gerel zimphanse ni nebee awenhatoacoro, vehath, hagathorwos.

sprinkle the ring twice with the juice of juniper mixed with the oil of civet and
perfume with the incense of zkauba, saying:

nemus, dacos, cabid, leebo


i bind you in these words:
adulal! abuial! lebushi!
let me pass before unhindered
through the realms of your kingdom
and let not sleep dim my eyes.

(make the sign of kish)

place the ring and parchment within a leaden casket and set it aside for the space
of seven days.

when you have need to enter the dream-mind of another, in the hours of night place
the ring upon the second finger of your left hand, turn west and pressing the
bezel to your forehead pronounce the four names upon the parchment and you shall
pass in a moment between the towers of the west and enter the realm of sleep.
speak the name of the dreamer and your minds shall become as one until morpheus
lifts his spell.

the secrets and desires of any an or woman shall be revealed to you through the
images of their dreams. yet, only those who sleep the hours of the night shall be
subject to the power of the ring, for the radiance of the sun utterly destroys
it's virtue, and the key shall be lost - the spirits are not answerable to a
second calling.

the amulet of nodens

the amulet of lord nodens is a shield of protection against the fiends that walk
the night; the demonic adversaries that assail mankind. whoever shall bear this
symbol upon his breast shall turn back the legions of darkness until the
despoilers of earth return.

when the moon is in her increase and orion ascends in the east: take a plate of
purest silver and upon it engrave the image of the serpent-bat which guards the
gateway of fire. from the serpent mouth shall issue the tripart word of power that
none shall speak or know.

on the reverse of the amulet engrave the asterism of orionis and within the symbol
of the hand.

on a night when the stars burn in the heavens and the sun is in the sign of the
sea-goat, turn to the east and hold the amulet aloft saying:

great nodens of the silver hand, i call you forth!


behold the symbol of your mighty power!
open the fiery gate of your abode and give life
to this emblem fashioned by my art.
see the name that may not be spoken,
issue from the jaws of your servant -
see the form of your secret place amongst the stars!
i hail you nodens!
stretch out your hand and lend power to my work
that the elder lords may assist me in my time of need.
in these names i call upon your power:
bab�dur, shuj�, gibb�r, murzim,
besn, klaria, gabb�r�! jabb�r!

(make the elder sign)

bow low to each cardinal point beginning and ending in the east. perfume the
amulet with sweet myrrh of commiphora, wrap in a black silken cloth and set aside
until you would make use of it.

of the dead who rest not in their tombs & of attendant and familiar spirits

where in times past the old ones have stained the earth with their curse, the dead
shall know not the peace of the grave. from corruption they shall rise bringing
forth a race of ghouls; creatures that are not of life or death but dwell in the
shadow-world of phantasm.

the corpses of evil sorcerers are buried with their faces downwards and their
hands spiked with iron to hinder their return to this world. yet, some with great
power yield not to death or the confinement of the sepulchre and by necromantic
art, shape the marrow of their backbones to form terrible serpents or great
lizards that feed upon noisome remains and gnaw dark passageways to the world of
the living.

there are those that rise from the grave at nightfall and drink the blood of man
and woman, sometimes transforming into wolf or bat and other diverse shapes.

the serpent-like lamia and clawed harpies also spread the plague of torment
amongst men as they ever lust for the substance of life that has been denied them.

the worm begets the worm and from the decay of the body strange forms come forth.

the dreams of men and women are sometimes troubled by those passionate spirits of
nightmare that the ancients have called incubi and succubi; whereof (through
carnal congress) races of halflings are bred.

the wastelands are haunted by afrit and jinn, gorgons and many-headed hydras abide
with the mi-go in the great yellow desert of the north and my eyes have been
infected with their evil.

all these beings are easily fascinated and bound to the will of the wizard-
sorcerer who knows the ways and rites of the old ones. but, beware of those who
dwell (dead, yet alive) beneath the ancient sands of egypt (which i learned of in
the house of khephnes) for their time is yet to come and no mortal hand shall stay
their power. they shall return.

time passes not before the muted idols.


stanza ii.

the speculum of apparitions

to have vision of the conclave of spirits called forth (when not evoked to visible
appearance), or commune with the souls of the dead you must prepare a vessel in
which their images will be ensnared.
the use of this curious mirror was taught to me by the magician-priests of the
vale of zurnos where the great night is followed by the great day and the seven
caverns lead to the bowels of the earth.

take a vessel of crystal glass in the form of the alchemist's retort and set
aside. in the day and hour of the moon (when she is in her increase) and the sun
in the house of the scorpion write upon a void parchment the cypher of the crab of
zosimos:

and perfume it with musk.

in a great mortar mix together: betony, pelitory, snake-weed, elder, cretan-


dittany of each a like measure; zedoary, galangal, doronicum, ammoniac, opoponax,
spodium, schaeinanthus, ebony, bole-armenick, mithridate and must, each of one
third part. reduce all to a fine powder and put them within the alchemist's
pelican or blind alembeck. add distillate of sea-water to increase the amalgam
fourfold. cover with the parchment and ferment for the space of fifteen days.

draw off the quintessence and fill up the before mentioned retort with the elixir
and add a loadstone. seal up the vessel with red wax and set it on a brazen
tripod.

make the voorish sign and speak the nine words of power:

lusoom, rengat, eepus, omarasy,


alcum, darbus, nesmonartis,
enphoddaribuisec, ebo!

at sunset for the space of nine days burn sweet incense beneath the vessel and
speak the words of power in their order, one upon each day.

the apparition of the spirits shall be seen in the depths of the speculum when you
shall call them by your art, and the souls of the dead shall give true answer
according to their nature.

the visitations of the great old ones

in metallic stars the old ones visit this earth from time to time. and the lore of
the elder gods prevails not against this coming; for they walk not the earth in
their forbidden forms.

they visit the skies of the desert lands, high places and desolate regions of the
earth and strike fear into the heart of the lonely traveller and all who see their
signs. yet, no man shall divine their dark purpose or behold their countenances,
for they travel with great swiftness upon the back of the very wind and tear the
fabric of time's web in their fury.

the beast of night shall foretell their coming.


stanza iii.

the rite of transfiguration

those who would enter the gulf and yet live must first endure the process of
transfiguration. likewise any that shall continue when the old ones return and the
earth is cleared off, must take the form of his masters.
this is the final rite and those who tread this path shall not return to the frame
of mortality. his body shall be as iron, his mind shall be one with the oldest and
first of earth's masters; his eyes shall see what no man sees and his shape shall
be one with those who walk the dimensions of time.

on a night when the eye of the star-dragon dims and the sun is in the fifth house
with saturn in trine enter within the stones and open the gate with the
conjuration and incantation of yog-sothoth. call forth the globes by their diverse
names and when they attend you, make upon each coming the sign of voor.

before each of the stones burn the incense of zkauba blowing the powder of ibn
ghazi to the four winds.

stand before the altar facing north and taking the scimitar of barzai, trace in
the air before you the three boundary beating sigils:

and utter the great words of power:

renosoratunta! pohothon! basakunnas!

in a loud voice call forth the lord azathoth in these words:

great azathoth i call you forth!


downbreaker of thought and form,
come to me in power and clothe me
with the darkness of eternity!
let the shroud of nyarlathotep descend upon me
that i shall walk even amongst the stars
and men shall not comprehend my presence.
zento! hedarbus! tasac!

(make the sign of kish)

cast this mantle of flesh into the mould of the ancient ones.
i have called you forth!
i have spoken the mighty words of your lore!
my father yog-sothoth stands beside the gate,
and great cthulhu calls beneath the waves!

(make the sign of voor)

the thousand-faced moon has risen!


the dragon's eye dims! let yours be opened!

trace the angle-web and enter the gulf by the formula dho-hna and your form shall
be one with those without.

the augury of alhazred

the words of this book are the venomous thorns that so torture my spirit and my
doom is at hand.

the night is filled with their cries and the beating of leathern wings. their hand
is at my throat, and though i wear the triple talisman upon my breast; the power
wanes with each passing cycle of the moon.
i dare not sleep the hours from sunset till dawn lest with stealthy skill the
charm is torn from me and they devour my soul.

the oracle of yebsu has foretold of my destruction:when day shall be as night,


their power shall prevail. a man's life is but a cloud that passes swiftly before
the face of the moon. yet, there is an abyss of perdition where such oblivion is
denied, into which my defiled mind and body shall be cast, to suffer the torments
of the damned throughout the countless ages of infinity, devoid of form or
substance.

the omens are amongst the stars and grim fear strikes into my bones, my time is at
an end.

yet al azif shall not perish for it has passed into the hands of another, a keeper
of great powers, who dwells beyond the western ocean. through the ages these
writings shall endure, concealed from the many, revealed to the few. in the
secrets of my book the wise shall find the key of salvation - the fool shall
unlock the door to his damnation.

in the space of nine days hence, the sun shall join with the moon and my fate will
be sealed.

when darkness comes at noon and the sands shiver with the wind - i shall be no
more.

to the west lies the cavern of scrolls,


where the brazen scorpion guards the forbidden words.
stanza iv.

al-jiwah - black book of the yezidis

before all creation, this revelation was with melek taus, who sent abd taus to
this world that he might separate truth known to his particular people. this was
done, first of all, by means of oral tradition, and afterward by means of this
book, al-jilwah, which the outsiders may neither read nor behold. i was, am now,
and shall have no end. i exercise dominion over all creatures and over the affairs
of all who are under the protection of my image. i am ever present to help all who
trust in me and call upon me in time of need. there is no place in the universe
that knows not my presence. i participate in all the affairs which those who are
without call evil because their nature is not such that they approve. every age
has its own manager, who directs affairs according to my decrees. this office is
changeable from generation to generation, that the ruler of this world and his
chiefs may discharge the duties of their respective offices, every one in his own
turn . i allow everyone to follow the dictates of his own nature, but he that
opposes me will regret it sorely. no god has a right to interfere in my affairs,
and i have made it an imperative rule that everyone shall refrain from worshiping
all gods. all the books of those who are without are altered by them, and they
have declined from them, although they were written by the prophets and the
apostles. that there are interpolations is seen in the fact that each sect
endeavors to prove that the others are wrong and to destroy their books. truth and
falsehood are known to me. when temptation comes, i give my covenant to him that
trusts in me. moreover, i give counsel to the skilled directors, for i have
appointed them for periods that are known to me. i remember necessary affairs and
execute them in due time. i teach and guide those who follow my instruction. if
anyone obey me and conform to my commandments, he shall have joy, delight and
comfort.

i requite the descendants of adam, and reward them with various rewards that i
alone know. moreover, power and dominion over all that is on earth, both that
which is above and that which is beneath, are in my hand. i do not allow friendly
association with other people, nor do i deprive them that are my own and obey me
of anything that is good for them. i place my affairs in the hands of those whom i
have tried and who are in accord with my desires. i appear in diverse manner to
those who are faithful and under my command. i give and take away; i enrich and
impoverish; i cause both happiness and misery. i do all this in keeping with the
characteristics of each epoch. and none has a right to interfere with my
management of affairs. those who oppose me i afflict with disease, but my own
shall not die like the sons of adam that are without. none shall live longer in
this world than the time set by me and if i so desire, i send a person a second or
third time is this world or into some other by the transfer of will.

i lead to the straight path without a revealed book; i direct aright my beloved
and my chosen ones by unseen means. all my teachings are easily applicable to all
times and all conditions. now the sons of adam do not know the state of things
that is to come. for this reason they fall into many errors. the beasts of the
earth, the birds of the heaven, and the fish of the sea are all under the control
of my hands. all treasure and hidden things are known to me, and as i desire, i
take them from one and bestow them on another. i reveal my wonders to those who
seek them, and in due time my miracles to those who receive them from me . but
those who are without are my adversaries, hence they oppose me. nor do they know
that such a course is against their own interests, for might, wealth, and riches
are in my hand, and i bestow them upon every worthy descendant of adam. thus, the
government of the world, the transition of generations, and the changes of their
directors are determined by me from the beginning.

i will not give my rights to other gods. i have allowed the creation of four
substances, four times, and four corners, because they are necessary things for
creatures. the books of jews, christians, and moslems, as those who are without,
accept in a sense, so far as they agree with and conform to, my statutes.
whatsoever is contrary to these they have altered; do not accept it. three things
are against me, and i hate three things. but those who keep my secret shall
receive the fulfillment of my promises. it is my desire that all my followers
shall unite in a bond of unity, lest those who are without prevail against them.
now, then, all ye who have followed my commandments and my teachings, reject all
the teachings and sayings of such as are without. i have not taught these
teachings, nor do they proceed from me. o ye that have believed in me, honor my
symbol and my image, for they remind you of me. observe my laws and my statutes.
obey my servants and listen to whatever they may dictate to you of the hidden
things.

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